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MU trombone choir performs

Members of the MU trombone choir perform "Feliz Navidad" as part of a caroling tour of Columbia nursing homes on Dec. 12. In addition to performing together as part of their classwork, the choir members participate in extracurricular activities such as this.

New injury relief

Mark James uses the Accelerated Recovery Performance machine during a session of physical therapy at Tranformation Fitness Coaching on Thursday.

Dreidels at Congregation Beth Shalom

Multicolored dreidels rest in a box at the entrance of Congregation Beth Shalom. The game is played by spinning the dreidel to win coins placed in the kitty — three sides of the dreidel represent "none," "half," or "all" of the coins, and "put in" tells you to return one of your coins to the kitty, according to information from the Jewish Outreach Institute.

Magic Show

As part of the Madok and Hanna magic show, David Klachko pours water out of a trick cup for the eighth time, signifying the eight days of Hannukah. Klachko has been doing magic shows for Hannukah celebrations for 25 years.

Balloon Animals

Gail Bank twists and shapes a pink balloon into a dog for a child during the celebration.

Rabbi Feintuch

Rabbi Yossi Feintuch reads off part of the history of Hannukah to a group of more than one hundred gathered at Congregation Beth Shalom in celebration of the first night of the holiday.

latke eating

Ray Adelstein, 4, center, grabs some latkes with his sister Beni, 8. Latkes are potato pancakes typically eaten during the holiday.

dreidel spinning

Zach Simon, 7, spins a dreidel — a top-like toy with Hebrew letters on each of its four sides.

Menorah Lighting

Kelly Durante helps her daughter Gianna, 6, light the first candle on the menorah at Congregation Beth Shalom on Dec. 21. Nearly 100 people celebrated the first night of the eight day holiday at the congregation.

Moving with the music

Justin Nabors, right, a music instructor for the Southern Boone County School District, led the fifth grade Winter Concert held at the Southern Boone County High School on Dec. 11.

Pickleball: Celebrating a point

Carole Kennedy celebrates during a Pickleball game at New Haven Elementary on Dec. 11.

Pickleball: Good sportsmanship

USA Pickleball Association ambassador Skip Deming and Carole Kennedy tap paddles as a sign of sportsmanship at the end of a Pickleball game at New Haven Elementary on Dec. 11.

Pickleball: A tough shot to handle

Skip Deming is quick to return a shot during a Pickleball game at New Haven Elementary on Dec. 11. "It's the fastest growing game in America," Deming said.

Pickleball: Teamates

Carole Kennedy watches her teammate, Carolyn Hairston, return a shot during a Pickleball game at New Haven Elementary School on Dec. 11.

Holiday traditions

MU men's basketball wins big

MU forward Justin Safford, center, celebrates on the bench with DeMarre Carroll, left, and J.T. Tiller during the second half Saturday. Safford scored 10 points.

Rock Bridge alums stretch after AIDS walk

Lauren Meyer, left, and Marlena Sdewczyk relax and stretch after finishing 20 miles of walking through the halls of Rock Bridge High School on Saturday. Meyer and Sdewczyk are Rock Bridge alums, but came back to help raise money for YouthAIDS.

Students raise more than $14,000 for AIDS program

Students walk the hallways of Rock Bridge High School during the second annual fundraiser for YouthAIDS. More than 40 high school and college students raised more than $14,000 to support the YouthAIDS program.

Walking to stop AIDS

More than 40 high school and college students gather in a classroom for a break. All of them walked 20 miles to raise money for YouthAIDS at Rock Bridge High School on Saturday.

Former students return to alma mater to help YouthAIDS

From left, Daniel Burke-Aguerro, Maggie Kaurffman, Will Schauwacker and Ryan Bocklage finish up on mile 20 of their walk through the halls of Rock Bridge High School on Saturday. The four are attending separate colleges across the country, but came back to the school from which they graduated in spring 2008 to help raise money for the YouthAIDS program.
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